Easiest Interior Paint Colors to Cover Once I Move Out of My Apartment

calander Jul 25 , 2021 user-iconAnderson Painting
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In a turbulent housing market, there are many advantages to renting an apartment as opposed to buying a home. That said, renting doesn’t afford you the same level of freedom to design your space as you see fit. Depending on your rental agreement, you might not be allowed to change all that much about your living space, especially aspects like wall color. Some landlords, on the other hand, will allow you to do some interior painting, with the caveat that the painted surfaces must be returned to their previous colors once your contract is up.

If you only plan on staying for a year or so, you might not even bother painting than repainting your apartment, but if it’s a more permanent situation, it might be worth it to you to customize your space. Even so, you can save yourself a lot of time and money in the future by purposefully selecting colors that are easy to paint over when it’s time to move out. With that in mind, let’s explore some of the easiest interior paint colors to cover up when the time comes.

Easiest Paint Colors to Cover Up


White paint is like a blank canvas, so it’s by far the easiest shade to conceal. Every color is darker than pure white, after all. Of course, off-whites contain undertones (i.e., yellow, gray, blue, etc.), but these flashes of color aren’t enough to make a difference when painting over off-white surfaces. If you’re a fan of white walls, you might not even need to do much residential interior painting of your own, seeing as white is the most common interior paint color for apartments and homes. On the other hand, if your apartment’s walls are darker, coating them with white paint may require multiple coats (a good primer can be a big help, however). In other words, while painting over your white walls is relatively easy, painting over darker walls with white paint in the first place may be a bit more involved.


Beige and its various brothers, such as taupe, tan, etc., also don’t pose much of a problem when the time comes to paint over them. Once again, the necessary number of coats it takes to cover up a beige surface depends on the color being reintroduced before you move out. That said, even white should be fairly easy to place over a beige surface if you’re using high-quality paint.

Light Shades and Colors

As a general rule, lighter colors and shades are the easiest to paint over, whether it’s light blue, green, yellow, gray, and so on. These paints don’t contain as much pigment as darker ones. So, when painting over a lighter surface, the more saturated darker paint easily conceals whatever lies beneath it. And the lighter (i.e., closer to white) your paint color is, the more colors there are that will easily cover it up.

Interior Colors to Avoid in Apartments

If lighter paints are the easiest to cover up, it follows that darker paints are the most difficult to conceal and should therefore be avoided when painting your apartment. Indeed, if you decide to spruce up your space to your liking, try to avoid shades/colors such as black, rich red, deep purple, forest green, and any other dark, saturated option. You might also want to avoid painting a room two colors to keep things simple -- if a room was once painted a single color, returning it to that state becomes more challenging when dealing with multiple colors.

Even if you’ve made your apartment more of a home, be prepared to return it to its original state by choosing paint colors that are easy to cover up. If you’re unsure of how to go about designing your Raleigh, NC apartment, get in touch with reliable Raleigh painting professionals. Whether you’ve just moved in or are planning on moving out, the experts at Anderson Painting can help you select colors and get your apartment in proper shape. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!

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